Beach and dog-friendly campsites near Plymouth

Ocean, river, and countryside camping surround this historic port city.

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12 top beach and dog-friendly campsites near Plymouth

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South Dean Camping

70 units · Motorhomes, Tents12 acres · Barnstaple, Devon, South West England
Clifftop camping with epic sea views, right next to Exmoor National Park.
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Sweet Hill Farm

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Dorset, South West England
Simple, almost-wild, seaside camping on the Isle of Portland
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Brig's Farm

21 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Bridport, Dorset, South West England
Family camping with campfires near Charmouth, with sea views and a couple of quirky glamping lorries
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£12.50
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Heritage Coast Campsite

38 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales
Simple camping (with glamping options) just a stroll from the nearest Glamorgan beach – plus a brilliant little café to boot
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£30
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Coverack Camping

113 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents7 acres · Cornwall, South West England
Traditional family camping near Coverack, with the promise of coast, countryside and Cornish ice cream
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Westland Farm

21 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents27 acres · Barnstaple, Devon, South West England
Camping and glamping on a working farm, with yurts, huts with hot tubs, and simple, spacious, sociable camping pitches
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Bush Farm Campsite

50 units · Motorhomes, Tents200 acres · Saltash, England
As close to wild camping as you can get on a rewilded 200-acre farm in Cornwall
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Pittaford Farm

11 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · Kingsbridge, England
A campfire-friendly site in South Devon, with a beach, a nature reserve and a pub all less than 45 minutes' walk away
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£26
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Ryn Gwari Farm

15 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Penzance, Cornwall, South West England
A family-friendly, 10-pitch campsite in Cornwall with big views, rustic facilities and a touch of magic
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Elm Farm Camp, Cafe & Cycle hire

26 units · Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Redruth, Cornwall, South West England
Quiet camping meadows and a friendly café located beside some of Cornwall's most popular cycling routes
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Berry's Ground Lane Campsite

1 unit · Motorhome, Tent40 acres · Martinhoe, England
Lovely wild camping pitches on the North Devon coastline. You will be one of a maximum of 6 pitches in a large field on the beautiful North Devon coast with incredible sea views. We can provide a firepit to borrow and you can purchase logs onsite so you can stargaze and chatter around the fire - back to nature! We are based just outside the pretty hamlet of Martinhoe in North Devon, a stone's throw from the SW Coast Path. There is a historic Roman Beacon closeby and plenty of wildlife around, we'd be surprised if you didn't see deer in the neighbouring fields! There is a compost loo and a water point, but no electricity / wifi - delightfully off-grid. Situated on an organic working farm this is the perfect place to escape!
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Beryl's Campsite

5 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Devon, South West England
A secret, secluded campsite with wonderful views down to Start Bay
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Beach and dog-friendly campsites near Plymouth guide

Overview

Devon’s largest city boasts a prime location at the meeting point of three rivers and the English Channel—so there are plenty of ways to get on the water. During your next Plymouth camping trip, float along the River Plym on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak around Plymouth Sound, ride the Cremyll Ferry across to Cornwall, or try your luck fishing for mackerel along the coast. Further out are the harbourside Cornish villages, the beaches in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the riversides of the Tamar Valley, and the wild expanses of Dartmoor, all perfect for campers looking for outdoor exploring. For the ultimate outdoor challenge, Plymouth lies along the epic 630-mile-long South West Coast Path.

Top things to do in Plymouth

Plymouth is set around Europe’s largest natural harbour, meaning seaside attractions are major here. Urban campers will find something to suit all tastes, whether visiting Plymouth Hoe to climb Smeaton’s Tower, going for a swim at the Art Deco Tinside Lido, stopping in at the National Marine Aquarium, or dining alfresco along the Barbican Harbour.

Even outside the city, there’s still plenty to see and do during a camping holiday in Plymouth or South Devon. Head over the county border to visit the Cornish seaside resort of Looe, or go east along the coast to Wembury for beaches and rockpooling within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The peaceful Tamar Valley starts on the outskirts of the city, offering miles of riverside walking, cycling, and countryside exploration with Dartmoor National Park’s wilder beauty just beyond.

Where to go

South Devon

Plymouth’s closest beaches are Bovisands and Wembury, where you can swim, surf, or explore the rock pools. Both lie within the South Devon AONB, which stretches more than 60 miles along the coast. Hike along sea cliffs, swim or surf at blue flag beaches, or go coasteering along the Kingsbridge Estuary, then take your pick of country camping grounds.

Cornish Coast

Cross the border into Cornwall, where rugged headlands, estuaries, and historic mining towns lie at the mouth of the Plymouth Sound and the Lynher River. Camp by the seafront along the Rame Peninsula, tour an 18th-century mine, or enjoy wakeboarding and windsurfing at the Hamoaze estuary. Further west, the Cornish Riviera is home to picturesque fishing towns, golden beaches, and the Eden Project.

Dartmoor and the Tamar Valley

The River Tamar snakes its way north from Plymouth into the Tamar Valley AONB, where you can enjoy wildlife cruises and riverside camping. To the east, the misty moorlands and wild heathlands of the Dartmoor National Park are a natural playground for hikers and campers. Explore ancient ruins and waterfalls, ride the South Devon steam railway, then stop at a local pub for a traditional Devonshire cream tea.

When to go

Spring through autumn is the best time for camping, hiking, and boat trips near Plymouth. The city is busiest in July and August, when it’s a good idea to reserve campsites at least a few months in advance. Don’t be put off by a winter visit, though—it can be wet and windy along the coast, but there are plenty of indoor attractions to escape the rain, and many caravan parks stay open year-round.

Know before you go

  • Plymouth has several camping and outdoors stores where you can pick up everything you need for your camping trip. 
  • Plymouth has public transport links to many nearby towns and AONBs, but it is handy to have your own transport, especially if staying at rural campsites.
  • Most campsites require advance booking. Also be sure to check opening dates, as some campsites close in the winter months.
  • Dartmoor National Park is one of the few places in the UK where wild camping is permitted. Tents must be pitched away from roads and attractions, and large group camping is not allowed. Overnight parking is not permitted anywhere within the park.

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